Rural communities within in the City of Greater Geelong will
receive new representation, after five independent community members received
endorsement for membership for our Rural and Peri Urban Advisory
The five community members include a livestock producer from
St Leonards, a recently retired veterinarian and biosecurity expert, the
President of the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association, a large-scale
farmer, and a representative with extensive experience in environmental and
The new members who have been appointed for a period of two
- Fiona Conroy: manager of a grazing operation on the Bellarine Peninsula, former member of the Geelong Saleyards User Group, and Secretary of the Bellarine Branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation.
- Michael Nunn: Bannockburn resident and veterinarian with
clinical, laboratory, research and policy experience in animal health and
biosecurity in Australia, Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific
- Stuart McLean: President of the Australian Livestock Saleyards
Association with more than 50 years’ experience as a primary producer.
Awarded an OAM in 2017.
- Eric Sharkey: Balliang East resident who’s a board member of the
AgriCollective and active in two local Landcare groups and the CFA.
- Madeline Glynn: Member of numerous environmental organisations and agencies, including the G21 Environment
Pillar and the Australian Coastal Society with experience in land
management, fisheries and coastal management, wildlife management,
emergency response, policy and project planning.
The committee was established in 2018 and also includes Rural and Coastal Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jim Mason, together with representatives from the G21 Councils, Agriculture Victoria, and City of Greater Geelong officers.
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
New members will provide a voice for their communities and give advice on issues such as biosecurity, agriculture, land management and the transition of saleyard services.
These community members bring a wealth of knowledge, extensive networks, links
to industry, and experience in fields such as biosecurity, farm management,
livestock production, agriculture, environment and land management.
The committee provides a valuable link between local
government and rural and peri-urban communities as we work through the
challenges and opportunities such as land management, biosecurity, information
sharing, and solutions to support the exchange of livestock.
Councillor Jim Mason - Rural and Peri Urban Chair
I want to acknowledge founding members Geoff McFarlane and
Joan Lindros who made significant contributions to landcare management,
heritage and their work to protect the interests of rural communities more
While the Geelong region is growing rapidly, we can’t
forget that many of our residents still live in rural areas. It’s vital we get
feedback from the whole spectrum of people involved in agriculture, including
small landowners who might not identify as farmers, but do have livestock.